ASHWAUBENON — Coming off a third national championship in four years, St. Norbert head coach Tim Coghlin hasn’t spent a lot of time basking in the glow of a new trophy. He also says he hasn’t spent much time considering a career change.
Coghlin’s St. Norbert hockey team beat UW-Stevens Point in Saturday’s Division-III national title game, clinching the program’s fourth title overall. Coghlin is 462-122-47 in 21 seasons with the Green Knights. He hasn’t been publicly linked to another coaching job since turning down the Alaska-Fairbanks position in 1999, and says he has no immediate plans to look to move to a new coaching position.
“I’m not actively doing anything, I’m really not,” said Coghlin. “There has been other times, they haven’t been public, because I haven’t been public, but other athletic directors have requested the opportunity to speak to me, and it’s always been sort of, ‘yeah, we’ll definitely enetertain that,’ but I’ve never really gone after a job at all.”
In the short term, Coghlin has several post-championship responsibilities. He’s trying to figure out where to display the team’s new NCAA trophy in the Cornerstone Ice Center and work out how to fit in new conference and national title banners. He’s also getting set to start a busy season of recruiting.
“Most of the kids that will be on roster next year aren’t even applied yet,” said Coghlin. “That’s where we are. We’re sitting here heading for April, it’s a big push between April and July to get the right mix of kids, which is something we’ve been doing a good job of.”
Coghlin says he and his staff are getting ready to replace an outstanding senior class, one that made it to three Frozen Fours during their careers, winning three national titles. Lots of talent will return next sason, but players will need to step into an emotional void the departing seniors leave.
“What we’re losing right now is a huge amount of character and a huge amount of heart,” said Coghlin. “It took a lot of character and a lot of heart to do what we just did.”
For now, Coghlin is busy talking to media, conducting exit interviews with players and getting set for a big recruiting push. He’s enjoying another national title, though he knows the work it will take to add another one.
“This is the reward, the locker room at the end of the year is the reward for a job well done,” said Coghlin.